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Apple Introduces New iPhone and iPad Use in Enterprise Page

Apple has published a new webpage on Apple.com that show off the business capabilities of the iPad and iPhone. Remember when RIM was the most used in enterprise? Well, it seems that the iPhone has started to dominate in that space too.

Labeled  ‘iPhone in Business” and “iPad in Business,” the page highlights apps from the App Store, which are enterprise specific like Exchange and security. In addition, the page shows businesses that are currently using the iPhone.

Apple also points out that its approach to mobile device management, app distribution, and security in iOS have come a long way. The company’s products have been gaining tremendous momentum in the enterprise market led by the iPad’s popularity with regular consumers.

Bengaluru On The Go – A Must Have iPhone/iPod Touch App for Every Bangalore Based Commuter

With traffic in Bangalore soaring to new heights, more and more people have started commuting to their workplaces by means of public transport. Getting around a huge city like Bangalore can be quite daunting, especially if you’re new to the city.

Bengaluru On The Go aims to be the app to help you sort out the commuting scene. Developed by Mumbai-based Angry Goo Dev, Bengaluru On The Go is their second app on public transport, the first app being Mumbai On The Go.

The opening screen of Bengaluru On The Go is very nicely laid out, with 4 icons showing the different means of transportation of which infomation can be viewed through the app.

Bus

The Bus section is probably the place where you’ll spend most of the time using the app. The app allows you to search for buses as per bus stop, bus number and also from a specific location to a target destination.

Tapping on the bus stop brings up a comprehensive list of bus stops from which you can board the bus. Thankfully, there’s also a search feature which means that you don’t have to wade through list of bus stops that you aren’t interested in. Tapping on a specific station brings up a list of all buses that pass through this. The thing which had me confused the first time when I checked this section is that all the views are linked – so tapping on a bus stop brings up a list of buses, tapping on a specific bus brings list of all stops through which the bus goes. Clicking on the bus stop again brings up a list of bus stops – see what I mean?

 

There’s no logical “end” to this app, which is a good and a bad thing. It’s pretty nifty if you’re going from one end of the city to other, with no direct bus linking them, so this keeps the flow of the travel. On the bad side, if you don’t notice this behavior, you’ll end up being confused as to where you are. Thankfully, there’s a “Home” button on the right hand corner of every view, so there’s a easy way to get back to the home screen.

In addition to bus stops and individual bus listings, there’s also an info button which brings up general information about BMTC bus passes and the like.

Taxi & Auto

The Taxi section is mainly informational, showing the day & night time charges and contact information of couple of Taxi services in Bangalore. The auto section, however, has a nice dial listing the distance reading and it’s corresponding day and night reading. Much like the bus section, there’s a search bar in the auto section as well so you can just enter the distance and get the fare amount.

The fares are accurate to the latest revision and sourced from Bangalore Traffic Police, Bengaluru On The Go developer Mikhail Madnani informed me when I had asked him if the fares were up-to-date.

Metro

With Namma Metro running in limited areas of Bangalore, Bengaluru On The Go also features a section dedicated to Namma Metro. With timing information, fares for token and group fares, map of the Namma Metro, Bengaluru on the Go features just about anything that you would want to know about Namma Metro.

Conclusion

While there are few apps in the App Store focusing on public transport in Bangalore, none of them have integrated all the four means as nicely as Bengaluru On The Go. Probably one of the best features of Bengaluru On The Go is that the entire app is self contained, hence it works offline even if you do not have a data connection or if your cell phone is out of network coverage. The design of the app seems a bit dull, but Angry Goo Dev are working on revamping the design of the app soon.

Bengaluru on the Go is a paid app, available for $1.99 on the App Store. While it seems relatively steep, considering the time & effort saved trying to find information from going to one place to another makes it totally worth the sticker price.

My recommendation: If you’re in Bangalore and have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you must have this on your apps list. Grab it from the App Store.

Apple Possibly Replacing White iPhone 4 Models with iPhone 4S?

9To5Mac has reported that Apple Geniuses–customer support representatives at Apple Stores–are now being told to replace select white iPhone 4 models with refurbished iPhone 4S models. Multiple commenters on their post have confirmed this swap at Apple Stores and through Verizon’s iPhone insurance plan. While we have not completely confirmed the iPhone 4 for 4S swap, the comments seem believable enough.

Apple iPhone 4S

While you should definitely take this report with a grain of salt, the reported reason for the swap is supply issues in the 16GB white iPhone 4 variant. Apple is known to upgrade customers when supply is low, as they previously upgraded first generation iPod Nano users to sixth generation iPod Nanos after they ran out of first gen replacements.

While Apple has not yet made a public statement about this swap, they have reportedly made an internal statement to their store employees about these inventory shortages.  This statement also claimed that the replacement iPhones must be previously refurbished models. The report did not say when Apple will resume giving customers the standard iPhone 4 as a replacement, so try to get your replacement quickly if you’re eligible!

To be eligible for this swap (or any Apple warranty replacement) your iPhone must have a hardware issue which is covered by Apple’s standard warranty. Your local Apple store must also be out of stock of 16GB white iPhone 4 variants, so don’t be disappointed if you walk away with a refurbished iPhone 4. If you successfully swap your damaged iPhone 4 for an iPhone 4S, please let us know in the comments below this post.

[9to5mac via Razorianfly]

AT&T Unlocking iPhones for Deployed Military Personnel

AT&T began unlocking qualifying iPhones on Sunday, and apparently that process is completed via iTunes. Customers report that the process required a backup and restore. The carrier requires that customer accounts must be in good standing, not associated with a current and active term commitment and completed their contract term, upgraded or paid an early termination fee.

MacRumors reports that AT&T has begun unlocking iPhones for American military personnel also. In fact, they will unlock their phones even if they are still under contract. The federal law requires that wireless carriers terminate service for deployed service members without penalty. AT&T is not required to unlock the phones of deployed service members, but instead, it seems that the company is doing this by choice.

MacRumors had reached out to AT&T for confirming this new policy, but they declined to comment. However, MacRumors has independently confirmed that AT&T is indeed unlocking the phones for service members. Deployed soldiers, airmen, sailors, and Marines should contact AT&T customer service to get more information about having their iPhones unlocked.

AT&T iPhone Unlock Process Completed Via iTunes

Last Friday, we reported that AT&T has released a statement stating that they will start unlocking iPhones. AT&T said that the unlocking service will only apply to off-contract iPhones and to members who have AT&T accounts in good standing.

Today AppleInsider, reports that the unlock codes are applied to the device after restoring through iTunes. The unlock code comes through Apple and is released via iTunes.

AT&T’s instructions tell users to open iTunes on their Mac or PC, connect their iPhone via USB, and backup and restore their handset. The restore will then allow the iPhone for use on other carriers.

In addition, AT&T’s instructions have also been published on Apple’s website. If the unlock is successful, a message on the iPhone is displayed that says: “Unlock Complete. Congratulations, your iPhone has been unlocked. To set up and sync this iPhone, click Continue.”

AT&T To Begin Unlocking Off-Contract iPhones

iPhone 4S

Today AT&T has released a statement stating that they will start unlocking iPhones starting this Sunday starting this Sunday (that is April 8, 2012). AT&T said that the unlocking service will only apply to off-contract iPhones and to members who have AT&T accounts in good standing. If you’ve terminated your AT&T contract or bought your iPhone off-contract, you are also eligible for this unlock. Here’s the full statement from the company:

“Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.”

There are many reasons as to why AT&T may be doing this. The first being that Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, received an email from an iPhone 3GS user last week. The user was temporarily moving to Canada and wanted to take his AT&T locked iPhone with him, but couldn’t. Tim reportedly told AT&T to unlock the user’s phone, which they supposedly did.

The second reason may be that AT&T has been under fire recently for their outrageous international roaming rates, charging just under $200 for 800mb of international data. International users who own an unlocked AT&T iPhone will now be able to simply swap SIM cards when traveling abroad.

As for me, I will be bringing in two iPhone 4’s to AT&T to be unlocked next week. If I encounter any problems, Techie-Buzz readers will be the first to know!

[9to5mac]

One Third of U.S. High School Students Now Own an iPhone

Analyst Piper Jaffray from analytical firm Gene Munster today has published (via MacRumors) a report on his firm’s latest semi-annual survey of U.S. teenagers, the 23rd such survey in the firm’s history. The extensive survey of 5,600 U.S. high school students revealed that 34% of surveyed students now own an iPhone. This is an all time high in the survey and is double the percentage from just a year ago. In addition, 40% of surveyed students indicated that they will purchase an iPhone within the next six months.

Jaffray regards the rapid growth in iPhone use among students to the new low cost options from Apple. Last January, Apple and AT&T lowered the price of the iPhone 3GS to $49. With the introduction of the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 3GS was made free on-contract.

Also, the 40% purchase intent rate for the next six months is the same among current iPhone owners and those who do not yet own an iPhone.

The report also revealed some interesting tidbits regarding the use of tablets among students. In the tablet space, 34% of students reported that they own some sort of tablet device, with 70% reporting that they own an iPad. 53% of those iPad owners also own an iPhone. In fact, the iPad’s momentum maybe even starting to gain even more steam, with 19% of students indicating that they plan to purchase a tablet within the next six months. 80% of those students are planning to purchase an iPad.

Jaffray also believes that the new $399 entry price for the iPad 2 is a significant pull in the student market.

Facebook Updates iOS Apps for iPad’s Retina Display

Knowing Facebook’s track record for updating their iOS apps, it is a surprise that the company has updated the app for the iPad’s Retina display so quickly! Today, Facebook has released v4.1.1 an update for its native iOS app.

Facebook iPad Retina display

The main addition of this update is the new Retina display graphics for Apple’s latest generation iPad. In addition, options for several new languages have been added. The update has added support for Czech, Danish, Greek, Indonesian, Malaysian, Norwegian (Bokmal), Portuguese (Portugal), and Thai. Also, users who wish to go offline from Facebook chat now have the option to manually appear offline.

Several bugs have been fixed as well. Now a person’s friends list should display all friends. User names will display correctly in photo sets, and profile images should load correctly in groups of people who like a particular Facebook page. Another bug that has been fixed is the cause of the accidental friend request notifications.

The Facebook app is available for free via the App Store.

Has Dell Thrown in the Towel in the U.S. Smartphone Market?

Dell seems to have admitted defeat, and stopped selling smartphones in the U.S. at least for now. Dell has never been a major player in the smartphone space, and most of its offerings have been duds. It has discontinued sales of its Venue and Venue Pro smartphones, and now has no smartphones available for sale in the U.S. It may continue to sell smartphones in other markets, but may exit even those markets soon.

It may focus on selling mobile devices, including tablets, to enterprise customers. Being one of the largest PC and notebook makers, it has a good chance of capturing market share in the tablet space, with the upcoming Windows 8.

It’s funny how the tables have turned. More than a decade ago, Michael Dell commented that he would shut down an ailing Apple and return money to shareholders, and now Apple is the fastest growing player in the PC and notebook market, and a leader in the exploding smartphone market, while Dell is struggling to compete. Steve Jobs did have the last laugh after all.

Another interesting fact: Apple ($560 billion) is currently worth around 20 times as much as Dell ($28 billion).

51% of American Households Own An Apple Product

A new conducted by CNBC reveals that there is an Apple product in over 55 million U.S. homes, and one in ten household that do not own an Apple product plan to make a purchase in the next year.

Apple CNBC survey

According to the survey, Apple products have a unique momentum has the average home as three such devices. In addition, income level is a strong indicator of Apple product ownership. 28 percent of those making under $30k/year own one, compared with 77 percent of those making more than $75,000. Higher earners own an average of about three Apple devices.

“It’s a fantastic business model — the more of our products you own, the more likely you are to buy more,” says Jay Campbell, a vice president of Hart Research Associates, which conducts the CNBC survey along with Bill McInturff. “Planned obsolescence has always been a part of the technology industries sales model, but Apple has taken it to a whole new level.”

63 percent of those surveyed between the ages of 18 and 34 reported that they were Apple users, which reflected  the answers of 35-to-49-year-olds. However, ownership of Apple products fell moving up the scale, with only half of 50 to 64 year olds and 26 percent of those aged 65 and up using an Apple product.

Apple products also seemed to be popular with children as over 61 percent of households with kids own at least one. This is 13 percent more than homes without 17 and under family members.

The poll was conducted between 19th-22nd of March and consisted of answers from 836 Americans and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percent.